As a follow up to my previous post on vulnerable Democrats in Arizona, it appears these same Democrats are pleading with President Obama to not sue their state over SB 1070, Arizona’s newly passed immigration law that goes into effect on July 29.
UPI is reporting:
“One Arizona lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, sent a letter to Obama asking him to abandon the lawsuit, saying, “I believe your administration’s time, efforts and resources would be much better spent securing the border and fixing our broken immigration system,” The Hill reported Wednesday.
Among other things, the Arizona law requires police officers to demand documentation of people they believe are illegal immigrants.
“Arizonians are tired of the grandstanding, and tired of waiting for help from Washington,” Mitchell said in his letter. “(A) lawsuit won’t solve the problem. It won’t secure the border, and it won’t fix our broken immigration system.”
Republican challengers in Arizona’s August primary have been smacking Democrats for not supporting the state’s law or for not speaking for a specific position on immigration.
Two other vulnerable Arizona Democrats — U.S. Reps Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick — joined Mitchell in publicly opposing the administration’s potential legal strategy.”
This is hardly surprising. As i wrote before on June 19:
An April Rasmussen poll showed that 70 percent of Arizona voters support the state’s new immigration law. In fact, eighty-three percent (83%) of Arizona voters responded that, “a candidate’s position on immigration is an important factor in how they will vote, including 51% who say it’s very important.”
Particularly concerning for Arizona Democrats in McCain won districts who speak out against SB 1070 or simply remain relatively quiet about the issue, like Rep. Harry Mitchell, is Rasmussen’s report saying, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of Arizona Republicans and 69% of voters not affiliated with either major party in the state favor the new get-tough legislation. Democrats are more closely divided: 51% like the new law, but 43% oppose it.”
On top of it all, Mitchells, Giffords, and Kirkpatrick are all sitting in McCain-won districts. In fact, Congresswoman Kirkpatrick and Congresswoman Giffords already spoke out against SB 1070.
This is obviously not the place these politicians want to be, but it may very well be too late for them to have any effect of what could very well happen legally politically down the road.